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Emergency Care for pregnancy

  • Call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room serving adults unless you have been directed differently by your doctor. (Do not go to the emergency at McMaster University Medical Centre. It is for children only.)
  • If you have an emergency not related to your pregnancy or gynecologic procedure, please tell the Emergency Room doctor the name of your obstetrician, midwife or gynecologist.If needed, the Emergency Room doctor will call the obstetrician or gynecologist on call about a plan for your care.

Emergency Care for Gynecology

  • Call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room serving adults unless you have been directed differently by your doctor. (Do not go to the emergency at McMaster University Medical Centre. It is for children only.)
  • If you have an emergency not related to your gynecologic procedure, please tell the Emergency Room doctor the name of your gynecologist.
  • If needed, the Emergency Room doctor will call the gynecologist on call about a plan for your care.

Getting help during your pregnancy

  • For problems or concerns that are not urgent, call your doctor or midwife.
  • If you are concerned about an issue related to your pregnancy, it is best for you to come to the hospital to be seen. Go to Labour and Delivery at McMaster University Medical Centre. Call 905-521-5050 so we can get ready for you.?

When to come to the hospital

*Please call before coming to the hospital so that we can get ready for you. Call 905-521-5050 for the Labour and Delivery Unit.


If you notice any of these signs, call the Labour and Delivery Unit
and come to the hospital:

  • your contractions (labour pains) are regular or uncomfortable
  • your water has broken
  • you have bleeding from your vagina
  • there is a change in how often your baby is moving
  • you have blurry vision or see spots before your eyes
  • you have been in a car accident, fallen or been injured, even if you think it is minor
  • you have 1 or more of these signs of preterm labour:
    - regular contractions or tightening of your uterus
    - cramps like a period or a low, dull backache
    - an increase or change in your vaginal discharge (watery, mucousy or bloody)
    - abdominal cramps, with or without diarrhea
  •  you are concerned about yourself or your baby

Directions to Labour and Delivery:
1. Park near the Red elevators.
2. Take the elevator to the 4th floor.
3. Turn left and follow the signs to Labour and Delivery.

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